After weeks and weeks (and a few more weeks) of watching that same old whistle song promo clip (a nod to one of my favorite scenes in the 1985 film The Breakfast Club), Grown-ish finally made its Free Form debut on January 3.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the new Wednesday primetime series is a spinoff of ABC’s hit show Black-ish, and follows Dre and Bow’s oldest daughter, Zoey (Yara Shahidi), to her first year of college at the fictitious California University (Cal U). Basically it’s a very loose, modern-day version of A Different World and The Cosby Show — and I place hella emphasis on “very loose” even though Black-ish is my show.
Technically this post isn’t supposed to be a review, but if I had to rate the first episode of Grown-ish on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a very chill 4.5 for two reasons:
1) Zoey was talking entirely too doggone much. I get that they’re trying to keep the whole Black-ish narrating vibe going, but DAWG! The entire first episode I felt like I was listening to one of those overly talkative people who take forever in a day to finish the story ’cause they be trying to explain every last detail. Like girl! We don’t need a whole play-by-play. Leave a little room for us to figure out what’s going on.
2) I love me some Yara Shahidi, but sis’ voice is way too monotone for her to be narrating an entire episode, much less a whole series. But again, I love me some Yara Sharihidi, so I’ll just have to deal.
Thankfully, the second episode — which is really what I came here to talk about — was much better. More specifically, I’m here to discuss Zoey’s newfound addiction to Adderall, a prescription drug used for treating patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In Zoey’s case, she’s been having some difficulty balancing her studies and social life, and needs a little push to get her back on track. And when I say push, I actually mean pill. Adderrall. Y’all get the picture.
Anyway, a couple of her new college friends suggested that she try it to focus better, and at first, Zoey stands her moral high ground and says no to drugs. But, as Matthew 26:41 so vividly states, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” After a few failed attempts at finishing her class assignment, a weak-willed Zoey gives into temptation — twice. The first time she wound up maxing out her credit card shopping online. The second time she actually finished all her work with no distractions.
I’ve never done Adderrall before, but I know plenty of people who took it in college for the exact same reason as Zoey. And as I was watching this episode — and please don’t judge me — I couldn’t help but feel like I’ve been missing out on something great.
‘Cause to be perfectly honest with y’all, my attention span is a joke. I could sit and watch you talk for five minutes straight and not hear a single word that came out of your mouth. I could be working on something important and, for absolutely no reason at all, I’ll hop on Instagram and just scroll aimlessly for at least 10 minutes before I have to force myself to log off and get my life (which is exactly why I’m on an indefinite IG hiatus as we speak…blog post soon come). I’m also a bit of a hypochondriac (I seriously need to be banned from WebMD), so I’ll go to the doctor for the smallest thing that looks or feels off to me. And now, I’m seriously contemplating getting tested for ADHD ’cause Adderrall sounds like it might just be the solution to all my problems. (I’m actually kidding. Sort of.)
But hopefully Zoey picks up some better practices for maintaining her focus, like meditation. Or music. Or turning on her Read receipts when a guy sends the infamous “U up?” text. And then ignoring it and going to sleep.